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Team GB’s only black swimmer: ‘I understand why girls would quit over their hair’

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Team GB’s only black swimmer: ‘I understand why girls would quit over their hair’

By Seren Jones via https://www.bbc.com/

“I vividly remember a black girl saying at training that the reason black girls don’t swim is because of their hair.

“I was about 12 or 13 at the time and had never thought of the idea of hair stopping you from swimming. Now that I am older I can fully understand why someone would quit over their hair.”

Alice Dearing, a 22-year-old student at Loughborough University, is one of Great Britain’s top female marathon swimmers.

She’s also currently the only black swimmer on Team GB and is only the second to represent them in the water.

“It sounds ludicrous but it can be really damaging to your self-image and confidence as chlorine wrecks hair. But it’s even harder for girls with thicker hair, which the majority of black girls have.”

Alice has represented Team GB at numerous international competitions including two World Championships. She’s English and Ghanaian and seeing someone like  …

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